Here are a few reactions to the New York Knicks 124-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, New York’s third straight win on the West Coast.
Marc Berman of the New York Post says the Knicks own ‘Little Big Three’ is emerging.
The Knicks might possess something special also — their own little Big 3 that grew resplendently this week in California like the grapes. Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari.
The Felton-Stoudemire-Gallinari trio was too much for Griffin’s staggering aerial show as the Knicks hit the California trifecta, winning their third straight game in the state.
“We’re showing winning qualities,” Stoudemire said.
Stoudemire was spectacular, finishing with a Knicks-high 39 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Raymond Felton had another terrific game (20 points, seven assists and seven steals)
And Danilo Gallinari exploded again with an unbelievable fourth quarter with 17 clutch points to withstand the barrage of highlight slams by the monstrous Griffin, who finished with 44 points, five incredible dunks, 7 assists and 15 rebounds in his first-ever game against the Knicks.
Gallinari finished with 31 points, and did so with great efficiency as he took just 11 shots, making seven and hitting all 13 free throws. Gallinari was 4 of 4 from the field in the fourth and 7 of 7 from the line.
For now, Mike D’Antoni can rest assured that his team is firing on all cylinders. And that against lousy Western Conference teams they can get wins. This trip was not a disaster and things seem brighter, as bright as they can be for a team 2 games under .500.
That’s a great sign. Go on the road and win games against teams you’re better than.
Playing with more confidence than ever, the Knicks wanted this game badly.
“We’ve got an opportunity to make this a special trip,” Stoudemire said before the game. “After a slow start, we’re starting to get our swagger and our identity as to what kind of team we are. And in the process, we’re getting a few wins.”
The Knicks’ three-game streak is a season-best, and their confidence has never been higher.